Mary Pat Flaherty

Washington, D.C.

Reporter on investigative and long-range stories
Mary Pat Flaherty works on investigative and long-range stories. Her work has won numerous national awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. She is a Pittsburgh native, which means she regards gold as the only splash of color to be worn with black.
Latest from Mary Pat Flaherty

Ex-colleagues of Virginia gunman say many tried to mentor and support him

Vester Flanagan was often well-liked at first, and older colleagues tried to guide him at jobs, co-workers said.

August 29, 2015

In alleged shooter’s memo, rage at co-workers and Charleston shooter

The 22-page suicide note praised the Columbine and Virginia Tech gunmen.

August 26, 2015

U.S. military missed signs before Afghan shooting rampage by soldier

Army investigation cites lax standards and troubling conduct leading up to the 2012 massacre.

August 18, 2015

Metro’s failure to quickly fix major track flaw just the latest flub

Even the transit agency’s fiercest supporters want answers about why it’s not following its own procedures.

August 13, 2015

Does Temple University still have a Bill Cosby problem?

Some question whether the chairman of Temple University's Board of Trustees faces a conflict of interest because he served as Bill Cosby's lawyer.

July 23, 2015

NTSB investigators interviewed many Metro officials, but why not Richard Sarles?

NTSB officials interviewed more than a dozen Metro officials as part of their investigation into the fatal Jan. 12 smoke incident, but former General Manager Richard Sarles wasn't among them.

July 1, 2015

Communication breakdowns undercut response in deadly Metro incident

Coordination stalled within Metro, and between the transit agency and fire-rescue workers, the NTSB finds.

June 27, 2015

What Metro train operator heard in tunnel: ‘Yelling, screaming, kicking and banging’

He pleaded for permission to back out of the smoky tunnel during the Jan. 12 incident that left one woman dead.

June 23, 2015

Public hearings could shed light on Metro’s response to smoke incident

The NTSB will release records, reports and transcripts related to the Jan. 12 calamity at L’Enfant Plaza.

June 20, 2015

Some of the findings of the FTA probe of Metro’s safety management

 The federal safety management inspection of Metro included observations both grave and curious about the subway system. Some passages of the report hit on issues already identified as concerns after...

June 17, 2015